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‘Barbarian’ (bárbaros) is the word used by Plato to describe the early kings of Atlantis (Critias 113a) which is a far cry from being considered sons of gods. The term was originally used by the ancient Greeks as the way to describe a non-Greek speaking person and is usually translated into English as ‘barbarian’ (Bury, Taylor & Lamb) or as the less pejorative foreigner’ (Jowett).

The etymology of the word ‘barbarian’ and how it has morphed over the centuries can be studied online(a).

(a)  (Offline July 2016) see: Archive 3109